About us

Vestry School of Dance & Performing Arts was established in 1996 by Lyndsey Ward.

The school has approximately 650 pupils and classes are held five days a week at various venues around Walthamstow and Chingford. Ages range from 3 years old to student level.

About us

Vestry School of Dance & Performing Arts was established in 1996 by Lyndsey Ward.

Classes are held in classical ballet (Royal Academy of Dance syllabus), tap and modern (ISTD syllabus), musical theatre, Acting and singing.

Awards are held annually.
Shows are performed every two years by both the Junior and Senior School. Our next planned shows are in 2020.

Teachers

All Teachers employed by the school are professionally trained at many of the countries leading colleges and are ex-professional dancers/performers with many years of experience in their relevant fields.

All teachers are DBS checked.

A first aid certified member of staff is on site at all times.

Principal: Lyndsey Ward RAD RTS, AISTD DIP, AIDTA, Registered Chaperone.

Lyndsey trained at the Urdang Academy and London Studio Centre. She has taken vocational exams in all the major syllabuses including: The Royal Academy, Cecchetti Ballet, Russian Ballet, IDTA Ballet, Modern, Tap and ISTD Modern and Tap before dancing professionally on both stage and TV. She was The West Midland Senior Ballet Champion and a finalist in Miss Dance of Great Britain.

Lyndsey has been a practical teaching supervisor for the Royal Academy CBTS course and has mentored for their BADE practical placement. Lyndsey was Artistic Director of the Birmingham youth dance company for 20yrs and more recently EONE7 youth theatre. She has taught as a freelance artist at many schools in Waltham Forest and has been the specialist GCSE dance teacher at Trinity Catholic high school in Woodford for 10 yrs. She has seen past pupils go on to train in many of the top vocational colleges including, the Royal ballet school, Elmhurst school, the Urdang Academy, Central School of Ballet, Mountview, Italia Conti, Stella Mann, London Studio Centre, Rose Bruford, Northern Contemporary, LIPA and the Brit School amongst many. Past pupils have now become successful performers and teachers in both the private and commercial sector of the industry.

Her down to earth and no nonsense approach has led to her continued success in a highly competitive world but she remains faithful to her belief that ‘dance is for everyone’ no matter where you come from. This is something that was instilled into her at a young age when first embarking on what was to become her passion in her first class many years ago in Birmingham.

Sophie Whittle; BA Hons, ISTD DDE Tap and Modern, RAD RTS

DESCRIPTIONSophie started her dance training at the age of 2 in Worthing, West Sussex where she enjoyed studying all aspects of theatre and performance. This love of performing won her a place at Rose Bruford College where she graduated in 2009 with a BA(Hons) in European Theatre Arts. Since graduating, Sophie has pursued various projects including attending the Edinburgh Fringe in 2009 with Rory Bremner’s adaptation of Brecht’s ‘A Respectable Wedding’. She has appeared in panto as well as toured the UK with various musical theatre productions such as Oliver and the Wizard of Oz. Sophie began her formal dance teacher training with Vestry School of Dance in 2013 becoming a teacher in 2014. On Sundays she runs a successful youth theatre in her Home county of Suffolk.

Tracy Au; RAD RTS

DESCRIPTIONTracy began her ballet training in Jean M Wong School of Ballet in Hong Kong and was awarded a scholarship to study ballet at the Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art. She was later also awarded the Dame Margot Fonteyn scholarship to train further at the English National Ballet School afterwards joining the English National Ballet company. Tracy then went on to dance with the Hong Kong Ballet company and train as a teacher at her first school. She was awarded her Royal Academy of Dancing Solo Seal examination which is the Highest Vocational ballet examination. Tracy joined Vestry in 2013.

Kieran Parrott; BA Hons

DESCRIPTIONBorn and raised in Walthamstow, Kieran joined Vestry at the later age of 14. He began with once a week drama classes, but soon began taking more classes in singing, dance and performers, and could be found at the Vestry most days of the week. Kieran went on to train at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, gaining a foundation diploma in Musical Theatre, and a degree in Acting and Performing arts. Since graduating in 2014 he went on the become the choreographer for Boheme Productions’ ‘Shout!’ The mod musical, which gained five star reviews at there Edinburgh fringe run.

He has recently played a lead role in a tour of the “Jungle Book” and is due to Play the part of “King Rat” in Panto 2018.

Kieran joined the teaching faculty of Vestry in 2015 and work with the Performers classes on Saturdays.

Carla Harrison Hodge...Performers

DESCRIPTIONCarla’s passion for performing began when she was a student at Vestry age 5. Since graduating Carla has appeared in Amadeus (National theatre 2017- 2018) The Fruit Trilogy (West Yorkshire play house/London south bank centre) Hillside (Park theatre) Can’t stand up for falling down (Lantern theatre)

Television:

Fresh meat (channel 4/Tiger aspect)
Bad dates (Channel 4)
Cuffs (BBC)
I want my wife back (BBC/objective)
Doctors (BBC)

Film:

Hip Hop cafe (Superrocketman),
Abdullah (Ne’er do well films)
Roadkill (11little films)

Bradley Griffiths

Bradley is a professional actor from East London and studied performing arts from an early age. Since graduating from college, he has toured the UK with various productions such as Oliver, Cinderella and the Wizard of Oz. Having returned to London, Bradley currently teaches drama for numerous after school programs locally.

Maureen Tarler: Singing teacher

Maureen has taught Saturday singing classes for Vestry since they began.She also teaches in schools and privately. and offers a range of songs from Nursery Rhymes, Disney songs to Pop songs and Musical Theatre. Maureen can also offer other types such as Folk & Classical.Solo singer. Maureen began her Vocal studies with Conservatory of Music, Toronto University Canada LTCL Vocal Performance Diploma -Trinity College London and  competed in New Zealand in their National Opera Competition, also more recently Maureen performed in an Italian Opera Competition and  Concerts and Recitals in the UK, NZ, Canada USA & Japan and has sung as a contemporary Gospel singer in Gospel Concerts in the Royal Albert Hall.. Maureen covers a wide repertoire of singing styles.

Gracie Burfield teaching assistant

Gracie has been dancing at Vestry School of Dance for 18 years. She has achieved  Grade 8 in RAD Ballet ,Advanced 1 in ISTD Modern and Advanced 2 in ISTD Tap. She has been involved in the all of the school’s dance shows and more recently been part of The Hackney Empire ADP Programme.Grace is a registered Chaperone.

Eone7 Youth Theatre Company

Eone7 Youth Theatre Company was established in 2002 by Vestry School of Dance’s Principal Lyndsey Ward and Jo Shepherd to provide an opportunity for young people in the community to increase their confidence and performance skills.Eone7 meets one Sunday a month and with the use of drama, singing and dance workshops, work towards a large scale production which is performed at a theatre within the area.

Previous productions have included:

  • Shake Ripple and Roll
  • Honk
  • The Wiz
  • Bugsy Malone
  • Oliver
  • Cinder-Alladin
  • Tracy Beaker gets real!
  • Little Princess Annie

Vestry Rules and Regulations

  • Pupils are expected to behave in a polite manner at all times.
  • Pupils are expected to come to class in correct uniform with hair kept neat and tidy
  • Pupils are expected to arrive for class on time
  • Parents are not allowed to watch classes unless a pupil is enrolling in the school
  • Children are not to be left unsupervised in the changing areas either before or after class
  • Children should be collected promptly at the end of class.
  • Vestry School of Dance is not responsible for the welfare of pupils outside of their class times.
  • Regulation uniform is required for all classes

Uniform

The Vestry uniform shop, in term time, will be open on Saturdays at Rushcroft school from 9am-12.30 and at St John’s Mondays 3.45-6.00

**The shop will be available on Moday 21st September and Tuesday 22nd September at St Mary’s Welcome Centre

Please click here for the uniform list

For any uniform enquiries and or to place an order please fill in our Contact form

“My son loves Vestry! Lyndsey and her team have nurtured, inspired and supported him throughout his time at the school. Always on hand to offer honest, no-nonsense advice about the industry, Lyndsey leads in an open, inclusive, holistic way that brings out the very best in all the children. Whether he’s acting, dancing or singing my son knows that the advice he gets comes from trained professionals who care about him. He looks forward to every lesson, summer school or show and enjoys the company of a diverse group of children. Long may it continue!”
Sue